School of Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering
The School is looking to recruit new staff who can contribute solutions to the global challenges of our society, using their expertise in Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering.
We are renowned for the impact of our world-leading research and have a strong reputation for the quality of our undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes and student experience.
We welcome applications from candidates at Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader, and Professor level to join the School within the Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering.
We are interested in new staff who complement the existing strengths of our teaching and research teams, and have the vision to contribute to our priority themes in Net Zero Carbon Future and Digital Engineering.
Sustainable Transport Technologies
Sustainable transport is a growing component of our research theme in Net Zero Carbon Future and forms part of our long-term investment in engineering research, which leads to measurable societal impact.
We are interested in candidates from a range of backgrounds and with varied approaches to sustainable transport.
We offer opportunities to collaborate, teach and conduct original research in electrochemical power systems and storage, hydrogen combustion and combustion aerodynamics, electric propulsion of aerial and ground vehicles, including electric machines and power electronics, last mile/urban and personal mobility.
We have a strong focus on simulation and modelling, and the accompanying verification, validation and test. Our simulation approaches address whole vehicle, vehicle attributes, individual systems, component level modelling, control systems and integration. We consider many different levels of fidelity, from highly resolved modelling, real-time models, to hardware in the loop and reduced-order approaches. We are particularly strong in propulsion and powertrain systems, autonomous air/ground vehicles, and have a rapidly expanding activity in the electrification of transport, including, as the sole academic partner in the recently awarded £39 million APC11 grant in Virtual Vehicle Integration and Development. This breadth of capability is unique in the UK.
We are interested in candidates who have skills in multi-objective optimisation, Artificial Intelligence/machine learning, decision making, sensing and perception for autonomous air and ground vehicles, systems simulation, control and integration, using digital methods. Candidates are welcomed from non-Aeronautical or Automotive backgrounds but should be able to demonstrate their ability to collaborate and build on our existing strengths.
About the School
The School of Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering has excellent facilities, recently refurbished labs and state-of-the-art-equipment, which support our world-leading teaching and research programmes.
Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering is the largest department within AACME, and is a community of 40 academic staff, 50 post-doctoral research associates, 70 research students and a team of highly-skilled technical and administrative staff. The department’s research grants and contracts income is currently around £5 million per annum, funded by EPSRC, Innovate UK, industry partners, EU, government and charities. In both research and teaching, the Department enjoys strong industrial links that support research sponsorship and collaboration, student placements and graduate employment.
Research highlights and key partnerships include:
- Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Gas Turbine Combustion and the National Centre for Combustion and Aero-thermal Technology
- Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) funded projects with JLR, Caterpillar and Ford
- UK Institute for Digital Engineering
- APC spoke in Digital Engineering
- Caterpillar Innovation and Research Centre
- Fuel Cell research and spin outs
We encourage applications from people with diverse backgrounds, including those with protected characteristics, to join our pursuit of research, enterprise, and educational excellence. We are also seeking applications from people who can work across discipline boundaries to bring research ideas together.